Have you noticed an increased bulge in your lower abdomen? You know the one…the lower belly pooch that won’t go away regardless of your eating or exercise habits? You’re not alone! We at Thrive are here to help explain why you’re seeing what you’re seeing, and how we can help. The lower abdominal belly bulge is common amongst all persons regardless of gender or age, and is a sign of muscle coordination issues in the abdominal wall. For the purposes of this blog, we are going to use toileting mechanics to illuminate common and treatable abdominal muscle dysfunction that contributes to this belly bulge. Ultimately, bowel and bladder habits tell us a lot about pelvic floor muscles, the abdominal wall, and diaphragm function. For example, in order to eliminate liquid or solid waste, there needs to be a slight increase in abdominal pressure prior to evacuation. This pressure signals to the pelvic floor that it should relax and allow the passage of stool from the rectum or urine from the bladder. This cycle should be fluid. Ideally, one experiences a sensation that suggests that the bowel or bladder needs to empty, goes to the toilet, and easily eliminates waste. It’s like turning on […]
TeleTherapy is a way for you to connect and continue to work one-on-one with your physical therapist through a secure, HIPAA compliant online platform. The evaluation and treatment sessions are similar to what you would receive in the clinic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety for all of us and now, more than ever, it’s important to take some time to check in with your mind body connection. Your mindset is the most powerful thing that you CAN control during uncertain times, and a healthy perspective will help cleanse negative thinking and strengthen your immune system. Stay safe, be well and we hope that you find these websites and apps helpful. Below is a list of various apps and websites to help mitigate the stress caused by COVID-19 CALM: A free App for Sleep, Meditation and relaxation. Guided meditations, soothing music, mindful movement and stretching videos for better sleep, lower stress and less anxiety HEADSPACE: Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more and even sleep better. Headspace is a free app that proposes to make meditation and mindfulness simple. Their premise is to take ten minutes a day to listen in and clear your mind. MEDITOPIA: Meditopia’s library offers over 1000+ guided meditations on topics including stress, anxiety, acceptance, happiness, motivation, focus, and breath. Free 7 day trial MY POSSIBLE SELF: A mental health app that claims to reduce […]
Thrive! is hosting a University of St. Augustine continuing education course September 28-29, 2019. Interested in learning more about cranio facial techniques? Physical Therapists please join us for CF2 – Intermediate Cranio Facial (prerequisite CF1- Basic Cranio Facial available online). Tuition: $495 Hours: 15 Hours, 1.5 CEUs Prerequisite: Basic Cranio Facial (available online) Who Attends: Physical Therapists This seminar will primarily be focused on displacement of the intra-articular disc of the TMJ, but will also cover the role of the subcranial spine in the causation of craniofacial pain and the association between detrimental oral habits (parafunctions) and craniofacial pain. Medial and lateral disc subluxations will be carefully examined, as will disc-condyle and disc-eminence subluxations. The progression of disc subluxation and other intra-articular pathology will be demonstrated by the use of clinical examples and all disorders will be illustrated by imaging. The imaging methods used in the diagnosis and management of the TMJ will be explained; this includes transcranial radiographs and tomography, as well as MRI, used for diagnosis and clinical management of intra-articular disc displacements. The lab sessions will focus on assessment of intra-articular pathology, as well as preparations of the TMJ and subcranial spine for reduction of the […]
Personalized Blood Flow Restriction (BFR) Rehabilitation is a type of Physical Therapy treatment that integrates the use of a personalized tourniquet system to restrict blood flow to an injured limb during active recovery training. Often, after an injury or surgery, a patient does not have the ability to lift heavy weights/loads thereby slowing down their overall recovery. Studies find BFR rehabilitation allows the patient to begin strength training using lesser weights/loads that won’t stress their joints or soft tissues, while still being able to gain the muscle strength, hypertrophy and endurance comparable to that of a heavy load lifting program. (Slysz et al 2015) While initially used in the treatment and recovery of service members who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, it is now being used with the training and rehabilitation of elite athletes and in orthopedic clinical settings. Clinical trials have shown advancement in the rehabilitation of total knee replacements, wrist fractures, tendinopathies, cartilage injuries and chronic weakness after surgery. This technique is particularly successful in assisting injured and/or post-surgical patients who are struggling with muscle mass loss and weakness. When a limb is injured, it cannot tolerate the heavy lifting necessary to prevent and reverse the loss […]
Thrive Integrated Physical Therapy, in partnership with Dominican College, is proud to announce that Mark Comerford, author of Kinetic Control: The Management of Uncontrolled Movement and a highly regarded international educator is going to teach a course at our facility this fall. This will be a course open to physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers. Dynamic taping was originally developed for Sports Physiotherapy, Dynamic Tape is proving extremely effective for both orthopedic , sports medicine, dance and neurologic conditions. Dynamic Tape is highly specialized and designed to contribute genuine mechanical force into the kinetic chain. Working like a bungee cord, the unique, strongly elastic Dynamic Tape aims to absorb load, contribute to force generation, improve biomechanical efficiency and modify faulty movement patterns. Load reduction combined with powerful neurophysiological effects may provide prompt pain relief, reduce metabolic demand, facilitate recovery and improve function. Please see below for full course description and registration information: Dates: October 12-13, 2019 Time: 9:00am-5:00pm Instructor: Mark Comerford Location: Thrive Integrated Physical Therapy. 611 Broadway, Suite 503. New York, NY 10012. Cost: $600 per person ($50 discount offered to HSS Rehabilitation Network Members & Dominican College Students) Contact: email@example.com or call (212) 254-7750 to register or for […]
The CNN segment that we filmed at Thrive a few months back is now online. Have a watch as practice owner Tamar Amitay, PT, MS and physical therapist Amy McGorry, PT, DPT, MTC, talk about and demonstrate manual therapy techniques on a patient. Here at Thrive Integrated Physical Therapy, PC, our physical therapists identify the faulty mechanics and movement patterns that contribute to and drive one’s pain. We’ve found that manual therapy coupled with an appropriate therapeutic exercise program really makes a difference. At Thrive we look for the root cause as well as underlying movement dysfunctions to base our interventions. We are dedicated to getting our patients back quickly in the game of life!
If you’ve been following along with our Instagram, you may have noticed that Thrive has had a few in-services with the amazingly smart and talented Giulia Pline. Giulia introduced our entire staff to the Threes Physioyoga Method, which merges physical therapy principles with yoga. What more could we ask for? We were so impressed that we wanted to know more, so we decided to host, and have our staff participate, in their Intro Course for Physical Therapists which will take place right here at Thrive on February 23rd and 24th. We can’t wait to bring all of this new knowledge to our patients! About Threes Physiyoga Method for Physical Therapists This introductory weekend consists of foundational knowledge regarding the teaching of yoga as a mind-body-spirit wellness modality and how this modality can be integrated into traditional physical therapy for the benefit of the patient and the clinician. Yoga is a multi-limbed practice that unites movement with breath. Having an understanding of the influence and benefits of this practice on the body is a powerful, efficient tool for physiotherapists. Physiotherapists will be introduced to the Threes Physiyoga Method of assessing suboptimal and dysfunctional movement. They will understand the mechanics of breath, […]
Hello Everyone! My name is Jari Haile and I’m so excited to be joining the team at Thrive Integrated Physical Therapy! With experienced and skilled clinicians, amazing patients and a beautiful clinic located in downtown, what more could I ask for! I am an east coast native – born and raised in Maryland. After high school, I moved to Pittsburgh to study Athletic Training at Duquesne University. I was ready to trade in the east coast winters for the sunny beaches of Los Angeles, so I moved across the country to obtain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. After practicing in healthcare for nearly a decade, I decided to move back east and relocate to New York City. People often ask me, “Why in the world would you leave Los Angeles?” Being from Maryland, I always felt as if the east coast was calling for me. I missed the hustle and bustle, the daily interactions with new people, and most of all the proximity to my family. However, there are things that I dearly miss about LA: nearly perfect weather year-round, easy access to amazing hiking trails and mountains, and an abundance of delicious international […]
Thrive! Integrated Physical Therapy is hosting the following upcoming University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences continuing education seminar. PTs please join us for the S1 – SPINAL EVALUATION AND MANIPULATION: Impairment Based, Evidence Informed Approach, a seminar instructed by Larry Yack, PT, DPT, MTC, August 10-12th, 2018 in New York, NY. These seminars combine pre-seminar webinars with a face-to-face lab experience. This is a three-day seminar emphasizing interpretation of basic science knowledge toward the development of clinical skills needed for differential evaluation and effective treatment of spinal dysfunction. General principles of functional anatomy, tissue and joint biomechanics, pathology and treatments are applied to clinical examination and treatment. Includes instruction and techniques of evaluating structure, active movements and palpation for condition, position and mobility of the spine. Manipulation techniques are instructed at all levels of the spine except the subcranial area. Supportive treatments, such as exercises and distraction, are instructed and practiced to a limited degree. At the conclusion of the seminar, the student should feel confident to examine and treat most common spinal conditions. Register today to secure your spot! CLICK HERE.